Sunday, September 21, 2014

2014 Debut Author Bash (Interview & Giveaway): P.A. Warren

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Thank you so much for visiting by Bibliophilia, Please for my stop of the 2014 Debut Author Bash! Today, I'll be featuring P.A. Warren and her debut novel, Life After.

Interview

Kayla: What inspired you to write Life After? Did one of the characters pop into your head first or the idea for the story?

P.A. Warren: The idea came from, well, Death is hard, and people forget how hard it is for the survivors, and those dealing with survivor’s guilt. That was the premise for the book.

Kayla: What was the most difficult part of writing Life After?

P.A.:Dealing with Hadley’s depression.

Kayla: What is your favorite distraction when you’re writing?

P.A.:Music.

Kayla: Which books or authors would you say have affected or inspired you the most?

P.A.:There are too many to name. I’ve always wanted to write, and one day I just decided to sit down and write.

Kayla: What are you currently reading?

P.A.:Nothing at the moment, I’m working on my newest story. My TBR pile is HUGE.

Kayla: Which upcoming novel are you most looking forward to reading?

P.A.:Tons! I’m really enjoying Lili St Germain’s MC novella series.

Kayla: Finally, do you have any upcoming projects of your own that we can look forward to?

P.A.:Yes! I Released Reluctant Storm my NA Paranormal in August 2014. I’m currently working on a New Adult Contemporary romance as well as two Young Adult Contemporary romances. They are both under wraps as of now though. I will hopefully be releasing blurbs soon.

P.A. Warren




P.A Warren currently lives in the fine state of North Carolina. She is an avid reader and blogger. P.A Warren first found a love of books while reading The Babysitter Little Sister series by Ann M. Martin and since then hasn’t looked back. Reading everything she could and would get her hands on. Befriending librarians was one of P.A Warren’s favorite things to do. She also has a huge love for Squirrels.

She now has a Kindle and has found gold in Indie Authors. It has been a lifelong dream of hers to write a book. So when she was finally able sit down and put words to paper she was thrilled, and has been writing non-stop since.




Find P.A. Online
Blog | Facebook | Goodreads

About Life After



Title: Life After
Author:
P.A. Warren
Publisher: Self
Release Date: March 13, 2014

Hadley is Lost. Living is a struggle with her family gone, leaving her the lone survivor of a horrible car accident. As Hadley struggles to overcome the grief that comes with the loss of her family, she wonders if she wants to continue living. Life doesn’t feel worth living until she meets Avery. Avery…who makes her want to feel things she shouldn’t so soon after her tragic loss. Avery...who makes her want to live. With Avery’s love, will she be able to overcome the grief or will it consume her?

Buy Links
Amazon



2014 Debut Author Bash Schedule

September 1st
The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club – Melissa Landers
YaReads – Courtney C. Stevens
Swept Away By Books – Mary Crockett
Between Printed Pages – Alison Kemper

September 2nd
Two Chicks on Books – Bethany Hagen
Pandora’s Books – Kiki Sullivan
Gorgeous Books – Hillary Monahan
Books i View- Rachel M. Wilson

September 3rd
Fictional Thoughts – Kristin Rae
Beauty and the Bookshelf – Rin Chupeco
The Quirky Reader – Adam Gallardo

September 4th
Books As You Know It – Elizabeth Czukas
Book Briefs – Meredith McCardle
Bibliophilekid – Megan Whitmer

September 5th
My Heart Hearts Books – Philip Siegel
Books and Swoons – Katie Delahanty
Playing Jokers – Jocelyn Adams
Blissful Book Reviews – Lillie J Roberts

September 6th
The Book Tower – Lisa Colozza Cocca
Beauty and the Bookshelf – Kate Asha Boorman
Falling Down The Book Hole – Michelle Krys

September 7th
Reading is My Treasure – Bethany Neal
Ginger Reader 22 – Adi Rule
Pandora’s Books- Jennifer Longo
I Feel the Need, the Need to Read : Christine Kohler

September 8th
Little Bookworm Reviews – Chanel Cleeton
Her Book Thoughts! – Mary Elizabeth Summer
Bookwyrming Thoughts – Christina Farley
Gorgeous Books – Helene Dunbar

September 9th
Bookish – Colleen Oakes
My Book Addiction – Emily Lloyd-Jones
Sweet and Sassy Reviewz – Veronica Bartles
Pond Across the Pond – Jessica Love

September 10th
Adventures in YA Publishing – Joy N Hensley
Never Ending Stories – Erica Cameron
Whimsically Yours – Rachel Searles

September 11th
The Phantom Paragrapher – Skylar Dorset
My Library in the Making – Sashi Kaufman

September 12th
Bookwyrming Thoughts – Kathryn Rose
Adventures in Storyland – Stephanie Diaz
Platypire Reviews – Louise Galveston
Next Page Reviews – Michelle Shusterman

September 13th
Taffy’s Writings – Jessie Humphries
Nocturnal Predators Reviews – AdriAnne Strickland
I Feel the Need, the Need to Read – Kory M. Shrum
Fiction Dreams – Bethan Cooper

September 14th
Pond Across the Pond – Rebecca Behrens
Adventures in Reading – Bethany Crandell
The Phantom Paragrapher – Lisa Doan

September 15th
Fiction Dreams – Sarah Harris
Playing Jokers – Laura Wettersten

September 16th
Ok, Let’s Read – Stefanie Gaither
Platypire Reviews – Lisa Ledochowski Survillas

September 17th
Swoony Boys Podcast – Heather Demetrios
Bumbles and Fairy Tales- AJ Pine
Pretty Sassy Cool – Lauren Magaziner
Book Lovers Life-Trinity Ambrose

September 18th
For The Love – Kristi Helvig
Rockin’ Book Reviews – Annie Cosby
Sleeps on Tables – Kelly Loy Gilbert
YaReads- Emery Skye

September 19th
Pimples, Popularity, and Protagonists – Jaye Robin Brown
Between Printed Pages – Kate Scott
Pop! Goes the Reader – Kathleen Hale

September 20th
Becoming Books – Lynne Matson
Bibliophilia, Please – M.G. Buehrlen
MindJacked- Heidi Schulz

September 21st
Keep it Fictional- Lisa O’Kane
Bibliophilia, Please- PA Warren
Bookcrastinators in Wonderland – Rebecca Yarros
Fiction Dreams – Kimberly Wheaton

September 22nd
Nocturnal Predators Reviews – Stacey O’Neale
Lisa Loves Literature – Jessica Gollub
Teen Scene Reading – A Lynden Rolland
Blissful Book Reviews – Katie Sparks

September 23rd
Skye’s Scribblings – R.C. Lewis
My Book Addiction – Joshua David Bellin
I Feel the Need, the Need to Read – Dawn Brazil

September 24th
Bookcrastinators in Wonderland – Tracy Clark
Platypire Reviews – Kym Brunner
BookLoversLife – Elissa Sussman

September 25th
Allodoxophobia: The Fear of Opinions – Lisa Maxwell
Turning Pages – Kelsey Macke
Sweet and Sassy Reviewz – Annie Cardi
YaReads – Carol Staff

September 26th
Curling Up With A Good Book – Martina Boone
Diane’s Book Blog – Julia Gibson
Bibliophilia, Please – Whitney Miller
Book Lovers Life – Ryan Gebhart

September 27th
Turning Pages – Robin Constantine
The Cozy Reading Corner – Kristen Lippert-Martin
Out of Time – Robin Talley
The Quirky Reader – K.A Barker

September 28th
Diane’s Book Blog – Stacey Nash
The Book Beacon – Sarah Bromley
YA Series Insiders – Nicole Maggi

September 29th
YA Series Insiders – S.L. Duncan
The Eater of Books! – Ryan Graudin
My Not So Real Life – Seth Fishman
Book Lovers Life – Jane Lively

September 30th
Fiction Freak – Sara Raasch
Read My Breath Away – Anne Blankman
Pimples, Popularity, and Protagonists – Linda Vigen Phillps
YaReads – Kate Hattemer

Giveaway

Thanks to the sweet P.A. Warren, there are two copies of Life After up for grabs today! Just read and fill out the Rafflecopter form below.

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Banned Books Week #Giveaway Hop #2

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Welcome to my stop on the Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop hosted by Mary at Book Hounds and Kathy at I Am A Reader, Not A Writer.

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship.

What You Can Win

The prize is your choice of one of the books that has been determined to be most challenged, restricted, removed, or banned in 2013 and 2014 as reported in the Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom from May 2013 to March 2014 found HERE.

To find more controversial titles, check out ALA's list of Frequently Challenged Books.

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

2014 Debut Author Bash (Guest Post & Giveaway): M.G. Buehrlen

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Thank you so much for visiting by Bibliophilia, Please for my stop of the 2014 Debut Author Bash! Today, I'll be featuring M.G. Buehrlen and her debut novel, The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare.

Guest Post

Time Travel and Alex Wayfare
M.G. Buehrlen

When I set out to write about Alex Wayfare, the main character in The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare who has been on my mind since I was 16 years old, I had no idea the storyline would eventually involve time travel.

Here’s what I did know: This character in my mind kept waking up in different time periods, she couldn’t control this phenomenon, and she always ran into the same boy in each one. What I didn’t know was how or why this was happening to her.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Stuck In A Good Book #Giveaway Hop #3

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Welcome to my stop on the Stuck In A Good Book Giveaway Hop hosted by the wonderful Kathy at I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Valerie at Stuck in Books. There are three new books coming out next month that I'm really excited about that I'm featuring today

What You Can Win

You can enter to win your choice of one of the following books. To read my review and find out more about them, all you need to do is click on the cover.


I rated each of these either a 4 or 4.5 out of 5 stars, so they come with my seal of approval.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Review: The Young Elites by Marie Lu

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Title: The Young Elites (The Young Elites #1)
Author:
Marie Lu
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers (Penguin)
Acquired Via: Around the World ARC Tours
Release Date: October 7, 2014

I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.


It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.

My Review

The Young Elites isn't my first Marie Lu book (I read and enjoyed Legend, but this is my favorite of the two. The book is a fantasy novel that reads like historical fiction - except for the part about the "superheroes", AKA "The Young Elites". The main character, Adelina, wasn't someone I fell in love with, but the atmosphere of the novel was more than enough to carry the book.

Adelina, Teren, and Enzo are all characters with their own chapters in The Young Elites, but Adelina is the focus of the majority of them. She's been abused her entire life by her father, even to the point to where she feels alienated from her younger sister, Violetta, who she loves more than anything. Because of this, she has a lot of darkness in her, and she's forced to behave in ways that she may not have done otherwise. I can't really blame Adelina for this - I mean, we meet her in the Inquisition's dungeon - but it probably had an effect on my feelings for her. I didn't really get attached to Enzo or Teren much either, but Teren was loads more interesting. I do love a good villain.

The Young Elites reminds me of a historical because of the Inquisition. Instead of them trying to weed out Jews, Protestants, Muslims, witches, etc., they are weeding out malfettos in order to find the Young Elites. Their methods in fact reminded me of what I've read of the Spanish Inquisition. Anywho, not all malfettos had the superpowers of the Young Elites, but a lot of the awfulness was done in order to draw them out. That being said, this part of the world-building was well thought out because it read like a real thing. You know, except for the super powers part.

I never got around to finishing the Legend series, but The Young Elites is definitely a trilogy that I'm going to stick with. There is so much in this world that I want to learn about like Enzo's sister and the new characters introduced at the very end. HOW CAN WE BE LEFT WITH AN ENDING LIKE THAT?!

*takes a deep breath*

The Young Elites is seriously a strong first installment in what I'm sure will be a fantastic series, and you would be doing yourself a favor if you picked up this book.

- 4/5 Stars -

Buy Links
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Fishpond



To satisfy FTC guidelines, I am disclosing that I received an advance copy of the book briefly for reviewing purposes through Around the World ARC Tours in exchange for an honest review. The book was likely provided to the tour by the publisher or author, which has in no way affected the outcome of my review. All opinions expressed are rambling, honest, and completely my own.

Waiting on Wednesday (72): Blood Magick by Nora Roberts

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.



Title: Blood Magick (The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy #3)
Author:
Nora Roberts
Publisher: Berkley Trade (Penguin Random House)
Release Date: October 24, 2014

County Mayo is rich in the traditions of Ireland, legends that Branna O’Dwyer fully embraces in her life and in her work as the proprietor of The Dark Witch shop, which carries soaps, lotions, and candles for tourists, made with Branna’s special touch.

Branna’s strength and selflessness hold together a close circle of friends and family—along with their horses and hawks and her beloved hound. But there’s a single missing link in the chain of her life: love…

She had it once—for a moment—with Finbar Burke, but a shared future is forbidden by history and blood. Which is why Fin has spent his life traveling the world to fill the abyss left in him by Branna, focusing on work rather than passion.

Branna and Fin’s relationship offers them both comfort and torment. And though they succumb to the heat between them, there can be no promises for tomorrow. A storm of shadows threatens everything that their circle holds dear. It will be Fin’s power, loyalty, and heart that will make all the difference in an age-old battle between the bonds that hold their friends together and the evil that has haunted their families for centuries.



Nora Roberts is one of my favorite romance writers. She is also one of the most consistent writers; even when she's not at the top of her game, the series are still good. It's also great that she writes a lot of her books in trilogies with a different couple in each book. My favorites of her paranormal trilogies are Sign of Seven and Circle Trilogy. While The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy isn't one of my favorites, it's still a good paranormal romance trilogy.

What are you waiting on this week?

Cover Reveal (Giveaway): A Day of Fire: A Novel of Pompeii

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I am excited to reveal the cover for A Day of Fire: A Novel of Pompeii! This is a book for historical fiction TBR piles everywhere—six authors (look at that list!), one volume, the gripping story of Pompeii’s final days. And now you can pre-order your copy so that, come November 4th, you won’t have to wait...too much.



Title: A Day of Fire: A Novel of Pompeii
Authors:
Stephanie Dray, Ben Kane, E. Knight, Sophie Perinot, Kate Quinn and Vicky Alvear Shecter, with an introduction by Michelle Moran
Release Date: November 4, 2014

Pompeii was a lively resort flourishing in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius at the height of the Roman Empire. When Vesuvius erupted in an explosion of flame and ash, the entire town would be destroyed. Some of its citizens died in the chaos, some escaped the mountain's wrath...

Six top historical novelists join forces to bring readers the stories of Pompeii’s residents—from patricians to prostitutes—as their world ended. You will meet:

A boy who loses his innocence in Pompeii's flourishing streets;
An heiress dreading her wedding day, not knowing it will be swallowed by fire;
An ex-legionary who stakes his entire future on a gladiator bout destined never to be finished;
A crippled senator welcoming death, until a tomboy on horseback comes to his rescue;
A young mother facing an impossible choice for her unborn child as the ash falls;
And a priestess and a whore seeking redemption and resurrection as the town is buried.


Buy Links
Amazon US | Amazon UK

About the Authors

STEPHANIE DRAY is a multi-published, award-winning author of historical women’s fiction and fantasy set in the ancient world. Her critically acclaimed historical Nile series about Cleopatra’s daughter has been translated into more than six different languages, was nominated for a RITA Award and won the Golden Leaf. Her focus on Ptolemaic Egypt and Augustan Age Rome has given her a unique perspective on the consequences of Egypt's ancient clash with Rome, both in terms of the still-extant tensions between East and West as well as the worldwide decline of female-oriented religion. Before she wrote novels, Stephanie was a lawyer, a game designer, and a teacher. Learn more at www.StephanieDray.com

BEN KANE worked as a veterinarian for sixteen years, but his love of ancient history and historical fiction drew him to write fast-paced novels about Roman soldiers, generals and gladiators. Irish by nationality but UK-based, he is the author of seven books, the last five of which have been Sunday Times top ten bestsellers.Ben’s books have been translated into ten languages. In 2013, Ben walked the length of Hadrian’s Wall with two other authors, for charity; he did so in full Roman military kit, including hobnailed boots. He repeated the madness in 2014, over 130 miles in Italy. Over $50,000 has been raised with these two efforts. Learn more at http://www.benkane.net/

E. KNIGHT is an award-winning, indie national best-selling author historical fiction. Under the name, Eliza Knight she writes historical romance and time-travel. Her debut historical fiction novel, My Lady Viper, has received critical acclaim and was nominated for the Historical Novel Society 2015 Annual Indie Award. She regularly presents on writing panels and was named Romance Writer’s of America’s 2013 PRO Mentor of the Year. Eliza lives in Maryland atop a small mountain with a knight, three princesses and a very naughty puppy. For more information, visit Eliza at www.elizaknight.com

SOPHIE PERINOT is the author of the acclaimed debut, The Sister Queens, which weaves the story of medieval sisters Marguerite and Eleanor of Provence who became queens of France and England respectively. Perinot has both a BA in History and a law degree. A long-time member of the Historical Novel Society, she has attended all of the group’s North American Conferences, serving as a panelist at the most recent. When she is not visiting corners of the past, Sophie lives in Great Falls, VA. Learn more at www.SophiePerinot.com

KATE QUINN is the national bestselling author of the Empress of Rome novels, which have been variously translated into thirteen different languages. She first got hooked on Roman history while watching "I, Claudius" at the age of seven, and wrote her first book during her freshman year in college, retreating from a Boston winter into ancient Rome. She and her husband now live in Maryland with an imperious black dog named Caesar. Learn more at http://www.katequinnauthor.com

VICKY ALVEAR SHECTER is the award-winning author of the young adult novel, Cleopatra’s Moon (Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic, 2011), based on the life of Cleopatra's only daughter. She is also the author of two biographies for kids on Alexander the Great and Cleopatra. The LA Times called Cleopatra’s Moon--set in Rome and Egypt--"magical" and "impressive." Publisher’s Weekly said it was "fascinating" and "highly memorable." Her young adult novel of Pompeii, Curses and Smoke (Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic), released in June 2014. She has two other upcoming books for younger readers, Anubis Speaks! and Hades Speaks! Vicky is a docent at the Michael C. Carlos Museum of Antiquities at Emory University in Atlanta. Learn more at http://www.vickyalvearshecter.com/main

Giveaway

To win a copy of A Day of Fire: A Novel of Pompeii, please complete the Rafflecopter form. There are two copies (Ebook or Paperback) up for grabs. Giveaway is open to US & UK residents only.

Giveaway ends at 11:59pm on September 26th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
Winners will be chosen via Rafflecopter on September 27th and notified via email.
Winners have 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen.

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Cover Thoughts

The cover isn't really anything spectacular, but I'll be buying and reading it because I'm interested in the authors. I also really enjoyed Shecter's Curses and Smoke

What do you think about the cover of A Day of Fire?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Review: The Hook Up by Kristen Callihan

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Title: The Hook Up (Game On #1)
Author: Kristen Callihan
Publisher: Self
Released Date: September 8, 2014
Acquired Via:
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The rules: no kissing on the mouth, no staying the night, no telling anyone, and above all… No falling in love.

Anna Jones just wants to finish college and figure out her life. Falling for star quarterback Drew Baylor is certainly not on her to do list. Confident and charming, he lives in the limelight and is way too gorgeous for his own good. If only she could ignore his heated stares and stop thinking about doing hot and dirty things with him. Easy right?

Too bad he’s committed to making her break every rule…

Football has been good to Drew. It’s given him recognition, two National Championships, and the Heisman. But what he really craves is sexy yet prickly Anna Jones. Her cutting humor and blatant disregard for his fame turns him on like nothing else. But there’s one problem: she's shut him down. Completely.

That is until a chance encounter leads to the hottest sex of their lives, along with the possibility of something great. Unfortunately, Anna wants it to remain a hook up. Now it’s up to Drew to tempt her with more: more sex, more satisfaction, more time with him. Until she’s truly hooked. It's a good thing Drew knows all about winning.

All’s fair in love and football…Game on.


My Review

When I first heard that Kristen Callihan was writing a new series, I was excited, because I love her Darkest London series. When I found out it was New Adult, I was apprehensive because New Adult is extremely hit or miss with me. I shouldn't have worried; The Hook Up was everything I could want in a New Adult.